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## Basis log canonical thresholds, local intersection estimates, and asymptotically log del Pezzo surfaces

The purpose of this article is to develop techniques for estimating basis log canonical thresholds on logarithmic surfaces. To that end, we develop new local intersection estimates that imply log canonicity. Our main motivation and application is to show the existence of Kähler–Einstein edge metrics on all but finitely many families of asymptotically log del Pezzo surfaces, partially confirming a conjecture of two of us. In an appendix we show that the basis log canonical threshold of Fujita–Odaka coincides with the greatest lower Ricci bound invariant of Tian.

Let 𝕜 be any field of characteristic zero, X be a cubic surface in ℙ3 and G be a group acting on X. We show that if X(𝕜)≠∅ and G is not trivial and not a group of order 3 acting in a special way then the quotient surface X/G is rational over 𝕜. For the group G of order 3 we construct examples of both rational and nonrational quotients of both rational and nonrational G-minimal cubic surfaces over 𝕜.

This proceedings publication is a compilation of selected contributions from the “Third International Conference on the Dynamics of Information Systems” which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, February 16–18, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia in order to exchange new discoveries and results in a broad range of topics relevant to the theory and practice of dynamics of information systems. Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundation presents state-of-the art research and is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in some of the most recent discoveries in information theory and dynamical systems. Scientists in other disciplines may also benefit from the applications of new developments to their own area of study.

We consider the conjectures of Katzarkov, Kontsevich, and Pantev about Landau--Ginzburg Hodge numbers associated to tamely compactifiable Landau--Ginzburg models. We test these conjectures in case of dimension two, verifying some and giving a counterexample to the other.

Let $\ka$ be any field of characteristic zero, $X$ be a del Pezzo surface and $G$ be a finite subgroup in $\Aut(X)$. In this paper we study when the quotient surface $X / G$ can be non-rational over $\ka$. Obviously, if there are no smooth $\ka$-points on $X / G$ then it is not $\ka$-rational. Therefore under assumption that the set of smooth $\ka$-points on $X / G$ is not empty we show that there are few possibilities for non-$\ka$-rational quotients.

The quotients of del Pezzo surfaces of degree $2$ and greater are considered in the author's previous papers. In this paper we study the quotients of del Pezzo surfaces of degree $1$. We show that they can be non-$\ka$-rational only for the trivial group or cyclic groups of order $2$, $3$ and $6$. For the trivial group and the group of order $2$ we show that both $X$ and $X / G$ are not $\ka$-rational if the $G$-invariant Picard number of $X$ is~$1$. For the groups of order $3$ and $6$ we construct examples of both $\ka$-rational and non-$\ka$-rational quotients \mbox{of both $\ka$-rational} and non-$\ka$-rational del Pezzo surfaces of degree $1$ such that the $G$-invariant Picard number of $X$ is~$1$.

As a result of complete classification of non-$\ka$-rational quotients of del Pezzo surfaces we classify surfaces that are birationally equivalent to quotients of $\ka$-rational surfaces, and obtain some corollaries concerning fields of invariants of $\ka(x , y)$.

A model for organizing cargo transportation between two node stations connected by a railway line which contains a certain number of intermediate stations is considered. The movement of cargo is in one direction. Such a situation may occur, for example, if one of the node stations is located in a region which produce raw material for manufacturing industry located in another region, and there is another node station. The organization of freight traﬃc is performed by means of a number of technologies. These technologies determine the rules for taking on cargo at the initial node station, the rules of interaction between neighboring stations, as well as the rule of distribution of cargo to the ﬁnal node stations. The process of cargo transportation is followed by the set rule of control. For such a model, one must determine possible modes of cargo transportation and describe their properties. This model is described by a ﬁnite-dimensional system of diﬀerential equations with nonlocal linear restrictions. The class of the solution satisfying nonlocal linear restrictions is extremely narrow. It results in the need for the “correct” extension of solutions of a system of diﬀerential equations to a class of quasi-solutions having the distinctive feature of gaps in a countable number of points. It was possible numerically using the Runge–Kutta method of the fourth order to build these quasi-solutions and determine their rate of growth. Let us note that in the technical plan the main complexity consisted in obtaining quasi-solutions satisfying the nonlocal linear restrictions. Furthermore, we investigated the dependence of quasi-solutions and, in particular, sizes of gaps (jumps) of solutions on a number of parameters of the model characterizing a rule of control, technologies for transportation of cargo and intensity of giving of cargo on a node station.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.